6 Children, be obedient to your parents+ in union with the Lord, for this is righteous. 2 “Honor your father and your mother”+ is the first command with a promise: 3 “That it may go well with you* and you may remain a long time on the earth.” 4 And fathers, do not be irritating your children,+ but go on bringing them up in the discipline+ and admonition of Jehovah.+
5 Slaves, be obedient to your human masters,+ with fear and trembling in the sincerity of your hearts, as to the Christ, 6 not only when being watched, just to please men,+ but as Christ’s slaves doing the will of God whole-souled.+ 7 Slave with a good attitude, as to Jehovah+ and not to men, 8 for you know that whatever good each one does, he will receive this back from Jehovah,+ whether he is a slave or a freeman. 9 Also, you masters, keep treating them in the same way, not threatening,+ for you know that both their Master* and yours is in the heavens,+ and there is no partiality with him.
10 Finally, go on acquiring power+ in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. 11 Put on the complete suit of armor+ from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil;+ 12 because we have a struggle,+ not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces+ in the heavenly places.+ 13 For this reason take up the complete suit of armor from God,+ so that you may be able to resist* in the wicked day and, after you have accomplished everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm, therefore, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist,+ wearing the breastplate of righteousness,+ 15 and having your feet shod in readiness to declare the good news of peace.+ 16 Besides all of this, take up the large shield of faith,+ with which you will be able to extinguish all the wicked one’s burning arrows.+ 17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation,+ and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word,+ 18 while with every form of prayer+ and supplication you carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit.+ And to that end stay awake, constantly making supplication in behalf of all the holy ones. 19 Pray also for me, that the words may be given to me when I open my mouth, so that I may be able to speak boldly in making known the sacred secret of the good news,+ 20 for which I am acting as an ambassador+ in chains,+ and that I may speak about it with boldness, as I ought to speak.
21 Now so that you may also know about me and how I am doing, Tychʹi·cus,+ a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.+ 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and that he may comfort your hearts.